Peng, a former world No. 1 in doubles and Wimbledon doubles champion in 2013, has not been heard from directly in more than a fortnight following sexual assault allegations she made against former Chinese vice-premier Zhang Gaoli.
 “We are united with the rest of tennis in the need to understand that Peng Shuai is safe. We have been working in support of the WTA’s efforts to establish her safety through our relationships behind the scenes,” Wimbledon said in a statement.
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“Along with the global tennis community, we would like Peng Shuai to know that her wellbeing is of the utmost importance to us, and we will continue to work to gain clarity on her safety.”
The statement from Wimbledon follows those from several others including the UN Human Rights Office and the White House.
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday, “We are deeply concerned by reports that Peng Shuai appears to be missing after accusing a former PRC [People’s Republic of China] senior official of sexual assaults.
“We join in the calls for PRC authorities to provide independent and verifiable proof of her whereabouts and that she is safe.”
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UN Human Rights Office spokesperson Liz Throssell also expressed concerns over Peng’s wellbeing and called for an investigation into Peng’s allegations.
“[Peng] hasn’t been heard from publicly since she alleged on social media that she was sexually assaulted.
“What we would say is that it would be important to have proof of her whereabouts and wellbeing, and we would urge that there be an investigation with full transparency into her allegations of sexual assault.”
The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has said it will pull out of the Chinese leg of its tour next year unless it is proved Peng is safe.
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The WTA chairman, Steve Simon, told the BBC: “We cannot stand by compromises. This is a right and wrong issue.”
The WTA’s threat to withdraw from participating in tournaments in China was also supported by men’s world No.1 Novak Djokovic.
 “I heard just now that the WTA is willing to pull out from China with all the tournaments unless this is resolved. I support it 100 per cent,” he said on Friday.
“It’s important because this is horrifying. I mean, a person is missing.”

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